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Jazz This Week: Stooges Brass Band, Free Outdoor Concerts, and More


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Things are fairly quiet again this week for touring jazz acts coming through St. Louis, with tonight the notable exception as the Stooges Brass Band will be in town to perform at the Broadway Oyster Bar.

They're not as well known outside New Orleans as the Dirty Dozen, Rebirth or Hot 8, in part because until recently, they haven't toured as much, and in part because they've released only one recording, back in 2003. But the Stooges have been around since 1996, with former members including notables such as Troy “Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Big Sam Williams of Big Sam's Funky Nation.

Like most of the contemporary NOLA brass bands, the Stooges incorporate a variety of influences, and their version of the tradition highlights beats in a hip-hop style. Their Facebook page describes them as “Genre Funk, Hip Hop, Brass & all the things that make you GET DOWN," and you can see and hear exactly what that means by checking out the video and audio samples there.

Elsewhere around town tonight, guitarists Tom Byrne and William Lenihan will duet at Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar; and Miss Jubilee will be back at Thaxton Speakeasy.

Tomorrow night, the Ambassadors of Swing will play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom; Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes will perform at Nathalie's; bassist Darrell Mixon leads a trio at Cigar Inn; and the Broadway Oyster Bar will have more brass band music, this time in the form of St. Louis' own Funky Butt Brass Band.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Samba Bom will bring a bit of Brazil to a free outdoor concert at Kirkwood Park; Wack-A-Doo performs at Evangeline's; singer Joe Mancuso, pianist Kim Portnoy and bassist Glenn Smith will play at Tavern of Fine Arts; and singer Erin Bode and her band will return to Nathalie's.

On Sunday, in addition to a recently proliferating variety of jazz brunch options too numerous to list here (but tallied in detail on the StLJN calendar) the St. Charles Municipal Big Band will play a free outdoor concert at Frontier Park .

Then on Monday, the Sessions Big Band will be back for one of their every-other-month gigs at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups; and guitarist John Farrar and the Park Avenue Trio will hold forth for what's now a regular weekly gig at Evangeline's.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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